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A Pittsburgh welcome: One Young World

Pittsburgh shined in hosting One Young World, an impressive summit featuring 1300 dynamic young people from 183 countries. The message of inspiration and change permeated throughout, from talks from Nobel Laureates and presidents to 50 breakout sessions throughout the city.

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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Riverlife hosts Neon & Nature Party at the Pier

Neon and nature will converge on Friday, September 7th, when Rivelife unveils a new location for its signature benefit bash, Party at the Pier. This year, head to the new North Shore ampitheater at Rivers Casino to celebrate the city's vibrant waterfronts.  

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2 Wheels Lots of Green: A bike tour to explore the city and renewed vacant land

Take an urban bike tour to better explore Pittsburgh and learn about reclaiming vacant land. Then join the party at the pop-up beer garden at GTECH's headquarters in the East End.

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Photo slide show: Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes

When it opens today, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps will be one of the greenest buildings on earth. It will generate its own renewable energy, treat and reuse water capture onsite and much more. And it will look fabulous, too. See it first in this photo slide show.

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Greening vacant lots in Wilkinsburg

Community Engagement Gardens are taking over urban lots in Wilkinsburg, an example of people working together to reclaim their community in small, green ways. It can be done anywhere in our city.

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TEDx Pittsburgh talk: 10 Seconds

In this original and fascinating talk about countdowns--starting with a 10-second gun-to-the-head ultimatum--Grant Oliphant suggests that we're missing the power of countdowns and that we need to get much smarter about how to use them. Read the script or watch the video. Just don't miss this.

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Deliberative Theater performance: Managing Marcellus

If you missed the Managing Marcellus event hosted by Pop City and our partners on July 27th, don't miss this taping of the performance that kicked it off. The Deliberative Theater group uncannily captures our stereotypical views of the players in the Shale, from industry spokespeople to environmentalists. And then breaks them down one by one.

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Faces of Energy: Andrew Butcher and GTECH

A spin-off of a research project at CMU, GTECH is attracting national attention and helping transform Pittsburgh by transforming vacant land. From growing sunflowers for biofuel to large-scale projects to reclaim vacant land, find out more and about this unique company and its passionate co-CEO.

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Pop City survey results on Marcellus Shale issues

The results are in from our Pop City survey last week where we asked readers about the need for a tax or impact fee on the Marcellus Shale and where the money should be allocated. While 87% support either a tax or fee, the comments--which overwhelmingly expressed the need to protect our environment and do it right--were the most interesting part of the survey. Read a selection here and then offer your own.

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Why I Moved to Pittsburgh: Dr. Nadine Aubrey of CMU

Parisian native Dr. Nadine Aubry, a leading researcher into fluid dynamics and related nano applications that could save countless lives, could be anywhere in the world yet she chose to head the Mechanical Engineering department at CMU. Hear what the school does better than others and why she wishes she'd moved her family here sooner.

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Making the Most of Winter in Pittsburgh

While it's tempting to hole up in a deep freeze, Pittsburghers are a hardier breed. We suggest making the most of the winter season with a list that includes everything from fireside kobe burgers to the hottest tickets in town (except for the Super Bowl that is). 

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Parks and Green Space: Feeling the Love

Parks can solve just about every social problem out there, say experts. Recent research shows what we've long suspected: parks and green space contribute to a healthier and more productive life, from rejuvenating spirits to lowering stress. That's why they make such a great investment for cities and why Pittsburgh should bank on green.

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The Results of the Environmental Survey

The results are in. The environmental survey many Pop City readers took months ago just prior to World Environment Day and then again after the event, is now published. So what have we learned about our environmental habits and our overall knowledge? Quite a bit, and much of it encouraging. But not all. Find out where we scored high and low and what we wish for in our region.

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Photo Slide Show: The New Market Square!

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the newly redesigned Market Square, now a piazza with widened sidewalks for outdoor dining and a pedestrian-only center with tables and chairs. The new public space is home to weekly events such as Farmer Markets every Thursday and just this past weekend, a wedding.

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Under Deconstruction: Transformazium

Meet a group of young female artists who are taking an abandoned, rundown building in Braddock and creating an exciting new space for art and community called the Transformazium.  And they're doing it the smart, sustainable way by using a method called deconstruction, a sustainable alternative to demolition that's gaining ground in Pittsburgh. Not only is this movement attracting talented young people from other places, but it also promotes economic, social, and environmental development.
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